The verdict is in: John Galliano will have to pay.
The word as of Thursday morning, is that French courts have convicted the French fashion designer John Galliano for anti-Semitic slurs. He is to be fined some $8,400 and suspended.
Usually a conviction based on ethnic slurs is for about $32,000, so he came off easy.
Originally, the prosecutors called for a fine of some $14,000 and no jail time; the maximum Galliano faced was six months in prison.
AurÃ©lien Hamelle, Gallianoâ€™s lawyer argued for his client for be acquitted.
While Galliano appeared in court back in June to defend himself, he was not in attendance to hear the verdict. He said that he feared being hounded by press.
The 50-year-old British designer, son of Italian immigrants, was charged with “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” based on two separate incidents at a Parisian cafe, in which he spouted off comments about Jews and Asians to fellow cafe-goers. To make matters worse, The Sun dug up a video in which Galliano spits out an anti-Semitic diatribe, saying “I love Hitler.”
Almost immediately after this news broke, Galliano was let go from his post as creative director of Christian Dior.
During the trial on June 22, Galliano blamed a trio of addiction to alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills not to mention industry pressures.